Big Man Camp had talent, Rutgers interests

The inaugural BadgerSport Elite Lineman Challenge was staged over the weekend inside the practice Bubble on the campus of Rutgers University. Among the notable players displaying their skills were Rutgers offerees Giorgio Newberry, Daryl Stephenson and Trip Thurman. A few other players also stood out, including an offensive lineman from Arizona.

Dover (Del.) High offensive tackle Trip Thurman displayed excellent footwork, but needs to be quicker getting out of his stance.

Defensive end Giorgio Newberry of Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central displayed incredible speed off the edge, and also showed a nasty spin move that left most offensive lineman grasping at air.

Both have offers from Rutgers, and were two of the class of 2011 standouts at the inaugural BadgerSport Elite Lineman Challenge, presented by New Level Athletics over the weekend at Rutgers.

"I don't know his name, but he's got dreadlocks, and he's real quick,'' Thurman said of Newberry. "I think I held my own. I have some things to work on, but that's why I came here to see what I had to work on to compete against everyone else.''

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Newberry is an athletic specimen holding more than a dozen offers. He was able to dominate one-on-one drills, and also showed strength and endurance during some of the strong man competition drills, including a tractor tire flip and in a sand bag race.

"I was able to go against so really good guys, so that was good,'' Newberry said.

Among the other notable Rutgers targets in attendance were were Evan Mulrooney of Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) and class of 2012 offensive tackle Ryan Brody from Long Branch (N.J.).

Brody, who is 6-foot-5, was one of the few offensive linemen to be able to control Newberry on a regular basis.

"I learned to compete, and have fun competing,'' Brody said. "I also learned what I need to get better at, and that's my strength.''

Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J.) defensive lineman Daryl Stephenson only attended the Saturday portion, but had a strong performance.

The best offensive lineman of the camp was Cyrus Hobbi of Sagurao (Scottsdale, Ariz.). He dominated Sundays' one-one-drills, staying out for minutes at a time while defensive ends took turns trying to beat him.

Rarely, did that happen before Hobbi watched the final hour of the camp after injuring his left knee.

"It should be fine,'' he said. "They said it was the bursa sac.''

Also, giving an impressive showing was Thomas County Central High (Thomasville, Ga.) defensive end Ray Drew as he used his speed and quick hands to his advantage.

Also standing out were defensive tackle Monte Golden of Northside High (Jacksonville, N.C.), Mainland High (Daytona Beach, Fla.) offensive lineman Garett Clark, Ogemaw Heights High (West Branch, Mich.) offensive lineman Anthony Zettel.

The inclement weather did keep some campers home, including a few Maryland players who are also Rutgers targets.

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and defensive end Kendall Patterson did not make the trip, nor did four-star Roxbury High (Succasunna, N.J.) offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro.

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